Earring with amphora pendant

Greek
Hellenistic Period
3rd or 2nd century B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 4cm (1 9/16in.) Weight: 4 gm (0.01 lb.) [with 98.796]

Accession Number

98.797

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Earrings, flares, plugs, studs

The hook is a small spiral of twisted wire; to the lower end is attached a six-petaled rosette with a heavy frame of beaded wire. From this hangs an amphora with biconical body and narrow neck and stem, resembling an Italic nestoris. The body is covered with two zones of tongue pattern separated by a band of beading. An ivy leaf embellishes the base of the the broad strap handles. Forms a pair with 98.796.

Provenance

By 1898: with Edward Perry Warren (one of a group of objects according to Warren's records: bought from a Corinthian in Greece. All [98.740, 98.785, 98.796-98.797] from one tomb at Xylocastro. 1898); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund